Govt lifts curb on export conditions for PPE medical coveralls
New Delhi: In a major relief, the Government has removed restrictions on export of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) medical coveralls and 2/3 ply surgical masks; wherein, all masks (except N95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent) and face shields are now freely exportable. However, medical goggles continue to remain in the restricted category.
This came through a recent notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) dated August 25. In exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992, the Central Government made the following amendment in the Notification No. 21 dated 28.07.2020 amending the Schedule 2 of the ITC (HS) Export Policy 2018 related to the export of Personal Protection Equipments/Masks,as under;
Following Personal Protection
Equipments(PPEs) exported either as part of kits or as individual items -
1. Medical Coveralls of al Classes/Categories
PPE medical coveralls are
2. Medical Goggles
Monthly export quota of 20
Lakh units of Medical Goggles
3. N95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent
Monthly export quota of
50 Lakh units
4. All masks ( Except N95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent)
All masks (except
N95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent) are freely exportable
5. Nitrile/NBR Gloves
6. Face Shields
Face Shields are freely
In the notification, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) stated, "The export policy of N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent is revised from prohibited to restricted category."
A montly export quota of 50 lakh units has been fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent for issuance of export licenses to eligible applicants, it added. The criteria for export of these masks would issued separately.
The DGFT has also removed export curbs on 2/3 ply surgical masks, and medical coveralls of all classes and categories.
"The export policy of 2/3 ply surgical masks, medical coveralls of all classes and categories (including medical coveralls for COVID-19) is amended from restricted to free category and these coveralls (including gowns and aprons of all types) are now freely exportable," it added.
However, the DGFT said that medical goggles continue to remain in restricted category with a monthly export quota of 20 lakh units and nitrile/NBR gloves continue to remain prohibited for outbound shipments.
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